Jake Butt, Tight End
The Denver Broncos’ tight end position had to be the single position league-wide with the most turnover.
They started the season with a group that included Jeff Heuerman, Jake Butt, and Troy Fumagalli presumably at the top and ended the year with Matt LaCosse, Brian Parker, and Temarrick Hemingway.
Butt was a 2017 fifth-round pick and the Broncos took him knowing there was some injury risk there, but after rehabbing and getting his strength back in 2017, he went into 2018 with relatively high expectations and was living up to them in practices.
Easing his way back from his latest ACL injury, Butt was making incredible catches in practice and started to establish himself in the Broncos’ first three games of the season. He caught eight passes in three games and I have no doubt his role would have grown substantially over the course of the rest of the season.
Unfortunately, Butt suffered another season-ending knee injury, leaving some significant doubt about his future with the team and in the league. Going into this offseason, the Broncos may not necessarily build around Butt, but they shouldn’t discard him as a legitimate option either.
Butt has every tool needed to be a great NFL tight end, and if he can stay healthy, he’s going to be a star.